Letter: Avid Eagle reader will miss Gentile

To the editor:

One of the first things I did when my husband and I retired to the Berkshires from Houston in the summer of 2015 was get a subscription to The Eagle. I embrace technology and frequently read articles on my phone, but am definitely old school when it comes to the daily newspaper. Indeed, I look forward to seeing The Eagle on the front porch and then, holding it in my hands while I drink morning coffee. I really wish The New York Times would deliver to our little (and remote!) corner of the Berkshires. That said, I'm truly grateful The Eagle does.

I also was very grateful to have the opportunity to read Derek Gentile's column every time it appeared. I found his honest, straightforward and lack of any self pity approach to his own struggles (diabetes, amputation) inspirational, insightful and frequently laced with a touch of wry humor.

His observations and insights on his personal dealings with modern issues (i.e., texting while driving) were always clear-eyed and well-expressed. In a world in which so many never want to take responsibility for the part they may have played in causing their own setbacks, Mr. Gentile always seemed ready with a "mea culpa" whenever he felt one was warranted.

I was not surprised to read in Monday's article that many described Mr. Gentile as being a "gentle soul." That gentleness and humanity came through in every article he ever wrote. I shall miss reading him.

Melissa Bye,



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